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Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong. Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward - for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it's anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she's never been able to 'change', and confusion that she doesn't seem to Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong. Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward - for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it's anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she's never been able to 'change', and confusion that she doesn't seem to be attracted to boys (or girls for that matter), Targa feels like she's got more demons than the average kid. When the opportunity to salvage a mysterious wreck in the Baltic arises for her mom, a professional salvage diver by day, Targa jumps at the chance to go abroad for the summer. But it's when she meets Antoni Baranek, and a boating accident puts them both in danger, that Targa's world turns completely inside out in more ways than one.


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Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong. Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward - for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it's anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she's never been able to 'change', and confusion that she doesn't seem to Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong. Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward - for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it's anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she's never been able to 'change', and confusion that she doesn't seem to be attracted to boys (or girls for that matter), Targa feels like she's got more demons than the average kid. When the opportunity to salvage a mysterious wreck in the Baltic arises for her mom, a professional salvage diver by day, Targa jumps at the chance to go abroad for the summer. But it's when she meets Antoni Baranek, and a boating accident puts them both in danger, that Targa's world turns completely inside out in more ways than one.

30 review for Born of Water

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Dillenburg

    Original and engrossing The author can mark one more success. I read until my Kindle fell from my hands and resumed the book's completion upon awakening.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    So in truth this was a very good book. Heart wrenching at times especially if you read the diary at the end. I almost gave it 4 stars but when I look back on it I really have no idea where this story is going, there really seems to be no goal in sight. There also seems to be a lot up in the air for the characters, and a lot of unanswered questions. It feels very unfinished since it seems to be the next book in the series seems to be about Fire. It also moved really slow at times. I did love how t So in truth this was a very good book. Heart wrenching at times especially if you read the diary at the end. I almost gave it 4 stars but when I look back on it I really have no idea where this story is going, there really seems to be no goal in sight. There also seems to be a lot up in the air for the characters, and a lot of unanswered questions. It feels very unfinished since it seems to be the next book in the series seems to be about Fire. It also moved really slow at times. I did love how the author reached out grabbed the mythology and made it somewhat her own. I also feel like our FMC doesn’t fit the Siren mold because she isn’t just a siren. I felt the Diary at the end really put a somewhat dark damper on the story. Depression is an awful hopeless thing and reading about it was heart wrenching even for a mythical creature. What I’m confused about is how Targa’s mom has put off her ocean call for so long when Sybellen stemmed to be suffering for it so much so soon? Fresh water drinking? If a siren knew that why didn’t Sybellen? Was it just recently discovered? Maybe the Baltic ocean there never had enough salt in it so Sybellen’s cravings were so much stronger faster? This was never explained clearly. Also, what’s up with Mira’s relationship with the dude in Poland? And what is in store for this unfinished story now that we know Targa is different? Guess I will have to check out book 2 to see if any questions are answered.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I'm only giving this book a 3 and its a shame as its some of the best descriptive writing I've come across in a long time but saying that there is no point to the story line and for me that was a massive let down i wont be reading the rest of the books

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samaris Creech

    I picked this book up with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and let me just say WOW. The characters in this story are very personable. I felt like I was walking in Tagra's shoes and that is not an easy feat. Imagine wishing your whole life for something and then wen it happens not only does your life change but the choices you make now mean more than they ever did before. What would you be willing to give up and sacrifice for the one who has put you before everything else? That's a tough questio I picked this book up with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and let me just say WOW. The characters in this story are very personable. I felt like I was walking in Tagra's shoes and that is not an easy feat. Imagine wishing your whole life for something and then wen it happens not only does your life change but the choices you make now mean more than they ever did before. What would you be willing to give up and sacrifice for the one who has put you before everything else? That's a tough question for any of us to answer let alone a teen but man that is life. This book will keep you turning the pages way past your bedtime and eager to consume the rest of the books in this series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    _Blues_

    I was really excited to dg into this series after reading the synopsis and the first 3 or so chapters increased my excitement and eagerness to read on. However, somewhere down the line it became somewhat of a snooze fest with just enough intrigue for me to mindlessly continue the book. I can't say that I hated it really but I just wasn't impressed but I have decided to read the next book in the series since I cant be bothered to find something else to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (The Kansan Reader)

    Pulling the plug. I hate to DNF a book early but I am on chapter 4 and have absolutely no care for the main character or the plot. Which I don't know what it is because so far it's about a girl who has a mother with a siren ability and dives for a living. Maybe I will pick it back up sometime but right now I just can't finish it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Really enjoyed this story about a mermaid mother and daughter. Fast paced and fun easy read! This was a free e-book on Amazon and I really enjoyed. I can't wait to continue this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    sh(e)reader

    I liked this a lot. I borrowed it on Kindle Unlimited, text only. As the story started, and it focused on the four girls, I figured out pretty quickly that this would be a series where there would be four books, one for each girl. I mean, I had glanced and knew it was a series, but I hadn't paid much attention to how it would play out (Elements, this is water, so the others, Fire/Earth/Air is pretty obvious. Not the first series to take such an approach, like the Elemental series, Storm with bro I liked this a lot. I borrowed it on Kindle Unlimited, text only. As the story started, and it focused on the four girls, I figured out pretty quickly that this would be a series where there would be four books, one for each girl. I mean, I had glanced and knew it was a series, but I hadn't paid much attention to how it would play out (Elements, this is water, so the others, Fire/Earth/Air is pretty obvious. Not the first series to take such an approach, like the Elemental series, Storm with brothers having different elemental powers). Here, it seems like the first four books while connected, will be quite separate as each of the four girls goes their separate ways for the summer. This made it so I didn't feel compelled to continue immediately, as instead of picking up where this first book leaves off, it looks like the sequels are happening at the same time, just to the different girls. I also discovered I OWN the next two books in the series (picked up during free Kindle offerings) so that also makes me a little less likely to read them right now, as I'm on a temporary Kindle Unlimited plan and want to make sure I'm getting to books I won't have access to when it's over. There does seem to be a continuation of THIS story Salt & Stone: A Water Elemental Novel & Mermaid Fantasy, first in its own spinoff trilogy but it's also listed as 7th in the Elemental series, so I don't feel like I can read it until I hit it numerically (in case there are some things that happen in the other book that impact its storyline). I'm a "by the numbers" girl! As for THIS story - I liked it a lot. I've read several mermaid stories and this ranks up there. Targa (weird name, all four girls had unique names) knows her mother is a mermaid, and she should be, but, she appears to be a dud. Probably not really a spoiler to say this isn't true ... I mean, it's pretty obvious by the series title and such all other indications. I found the story interesting as Targa and her mother travel to Poland to help uncover a lost ship, learning more about the mermaid/siren lore as presented here (each book has some similarities, and unique tidbits). I do definitely plan on continuing on with the series ...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Emily Browne

    "If what you said was true then I'm happy just to have met you. You are one of a kind and I can only hope that there will be a woman in my future who makes my heart feel like it does when I'm around you." Honestly this book is so much better than I expected. I’ll be honest I came across these books as a deal on Facebook where you can buy the set of ebooks for 99p and they looked intriguing so I thought🤷🏻‍♀️ why not? I loved the relationship between Targa and Antoni but also the relationship betwe "If what you said was true then I'm happy just to have met you. You are one of a kind and I can only hope that there will be a woman in my future who makes my heart feel like it does when I'm around you." Honestly this book is so much better than I expected. I’ll be honest I came across these books as a deal on Facebook where you can buy the set of ebooks for 99p and they looked intriguing so I thought🤷🏻‍♀️ why not? I loved the relationship between Targa and Antoni but also the relationship between her and her mum. Yes you guess the plot pretty early on but that’s only because it went the same way as most siren stories when they turn in the books however I like the twist where targa’s mum didn’t use her powers as she wanted to have a child through love not lust. I also loved how Antoni and Targa get on from the very start. The chemistry between them was brilliant. I also love how tight-nit she was with her friends I wish I had a group like that😍. Over all this book was really good and I’m looking forward to carrying on with the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Addictive This is a fantasy book about a girl called targa and her mother mira however they have a secret a secret that may be threatened when targa's mother takes a salvage job in Poland. Targa is left to burden the Secret whilst fighting her hearts desires. She questions everything when she meets antoni This is a truly fantastic book I really enjoyed reading this amd I look forward to reading the next installment. I gave it this rating because I struggled to put it down. My favourite character was Addictive This is a fantasy book about a girl called targa and her mother mira however they have a secret a secret that may be threatened when targa's mother takes a salvage job in Poland. Targa is left to burden the Secret whilst fighting her hearts desires. She questions everything when she meets antoni This is a truly fantastic book I really enjoyed reading this amd I look forward to reading the next installment. I gave it this rating because I struggled to put it down. My favourite character was targa because she still believed in herself My least favourite character is Eric, gread doesn't get you anywhere and I hope he takes his punishment properly

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Wet my appetite What an interesting mermaid tale. I really hope there are more books, because I would love to read about her friends, her mom and her friend, and about Antonio.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ally Jones

    This was an overall good book. I might be being a little nice to it though. The beginning was very slow and predictable. It didn’t get really good till around 2/3s of the way through, which was disappointing. The last third, though, was great, I just wish more of the book was like it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angel Leya

    Targa has a secret - her mom is a mermaid. And though the mermaid gene is supposed to pass from mother to daughter, Targa is just a regular human. With summer's approach, Targa and her friends will be parting ways, all headed to different countries. But Targa's trip to Poland with her mom and mom's dive team turns out to be anything but a typical summer tourism trip. Loved this mermaid story. The details of mermaid anatomy are incredible, and even the "info dumps" feel like so much a part of the s Targa has a secret - her mom is a mermaid. And though the mermaid gene is supposed to pass from mother to daughter, Targa is just a regular human. With summer's approach, Targa and her friends will be parting ways, all headed to different countries. But Targa's trip to Poland with her mom and mom's dive team turns out to be anything but a typical summer tourism trip. Loved this mermaid story. The details of mermaid anatomy are incredible, and even the "info dumps" feel like so much a part of the story that they're not tedious or tiresome. Even better, this book is part of a series, and it seems that all of Targa's friends have something are a little ... different. :) So glad I snapped this book up! And if you like YA mermaid stories, you might also enjoy Shearwater and Skye's Lure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    팔 자 나

    ok, the ending was slightly better than what i imagined. But i am not as much impressed as i thought i would be.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Valery

    Honestly, I have mixed emotions about this book. I wanted to like it, but there are a lot of things that annoyed me. The idea of sirens living on land for procreation makes sense, in a way. The theory is sound and explains why there are always female mermaids and never males. However, I found the constant obsession with sex drive and breasts to be exacerbating. I get it,  mermaids go to land to mate, but still. Can we dwell on other things? I got tired of the childish remarks about boobs. There we Honestly, I have mixed emotions about this book. I wanted to like it, but there are a lot of things that annoyed me. The idea of sirens living on land for procreation makes sense, in a way. The theory is sound and explains why there are always female mermaids and never males. However, I found the constant obsession with sex drive and breasts to be exacerbating. I get it,  mermaids go to land to mate, but still. Can we dwell on other things? I got tired of the childish remarks about boobs. There were issues with the timeline. The protagonist is either a pathological liar, or she really has no idea when her father died. For example, one minute she is telling people he died when she was 8, the next it's 7. I think there was even a 5 earlier on. So which is it? And then there was grammar and punctuation. Ugh! No, I am not talking about the difference between British, Canadian, or even American spellings. I am talking about the constant stream of poorly structured sentences and missing words. I am talking about homonym misuse and blatant punctuation mistakes. If you are a grammar nazi, this is not a book you will enjoy. Trust me. But if you don't care either way, you'll be fine. For my clean readers: Lots of language, but no f-bomb. Description of gore, mostly sealife, but some human. Lots of descriptions of naked mermaids in the guise of describing art. Talk about breasts and sex drive is hard to skip over as you miss some key plot points. Overly descriptive make-out sessions.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Goodman

    Very good Ms. Knorr is an excellent story teller. This series has a lot to offer and so far it's only 2.5 books along. I started with the second of the Elemental books first and didn't feel that my understanding or my enjoyment suffered. As I read the first, little things came to light or I had small "ahhh" moments, but for the most part, these books are stand alone. I have a feeling (or at least a hopeful wish) that the stories will intertwine eventually, but for now the stories are able to stan Very good Ms. Knorr is an excellent story teller. This series has a lot to offer and so far it's only 2.5 books along. I started with the second of the Elemental books first and didn't feel that my understanding or my enjoyment suffered. As I read the first, little things came to light or I had small "ahhh" moments, but for the most part, these books are stand alone. I have a feeling (or at least a hopeful wish) that the stories will intertwine eventually, but for now the stories are able to stand alone. Returning is a prequel to Born of Water. That too though adds a richness, but can be read before or after Water. This book itself started a little slow. I think it had a lot to do with Targa's personality and her introspection. But is was necessary as it sets up hers and to a small degree her friends' situations. Eventually it picks up and made it hard to put down. I look forward to reading Georjayna's and Akiko's stories and hopefully how all four of them mesh together. The two I've read so far are too good to stop and have left too many things undone or dangling (no cliffhangers just life and potential for more. I borrowed this book from the Prime Lending Library.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elektra | My Trending Books

    This book was unexpected in a good way. I picked it up and I started reading and I thought hmmm this is boring!!!!!!!! Boiiiii, Boiiii was I wrong. It was a bit slow at the beginning but picked up fairly quickly as soon as the "plot" or "transformation" happened. What I loved about the book was the writing. I loved the description of under the water and being a mermaid. It was super duper awesome. The story it self-was excellent. It left me wanting to read more about the main character which for This book was unexpected in a good way. I picked it up and I started reading and I thought hmmm this is boring!!!!!!!! Boiiiii, Boiiii was I wrong. It was a bit slow at the beginning but picked up fairly quickly as soon as the "plot" or "transformation" happened. What I loved about the book was the writing. I loved the description of under the water and being a mermaid. It was super duper awesome. The story it self-was excellent. It left me wanting to read more about the main character which for me it's always is a good sign. So ya guys you need to read this so we fun girl or boy about it. http://mytrendingbooks.blogspot.co.nz...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Caught between two worlds. This is a nice, easy, YA beach read. Young friends having separate summer vacations before their senior year in high school. Targa is seventeen and is the reason that her mother is unable to return to the sea as a mermaid. After her father's death, she and her mother discovered that the mermaid gene had apparently skipped her. Her mother's love is so strong that she fights her nature in order to raise her daughter. However, Targa ends up being more than a mermaid. Thoug Caught between two worlds. This is a nice, easy, YA beach read. Young friends having separate summer vacations before their senior year in high school. Targa is seventeen and is the reason that her mother is unable to return to the sea as a mermaid. After her father's death, she and her mother discovered that the mermaid gene had apparently skipped her. Her mother's love is so strong that she fights her nature in order to raise her daughter. However, Targa ends up being more than a mermaid. Though she is seventeen and falls in love with an older man (not too old) , they only kiss. How is she going to tell her friends her secret ( being a mermaid and an elemental )?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I was privileged to read this book voluntarily as an ARC reader, thank you soooo much A.L. Knorr I am honored to read your books, they are stunning and this one is nooo different yet again I was unable to put the book down, I wish I had a portable kindle then I could go and take the story with me everywhere just so I don't miss a second of it, the story-line is amazing and intriguing, and everything happens as you want but just not quite as and when you want them too, with an awesome twist in th I was privileged to read this book voluntarily as an ARC reader, thank you soooo much A.L. Knorr I am honored to read your books, they are stunning and this one is nooo different yet again I was unable to put the book down, I wish I had a portable kindle then I could go and take the story with me everywhere just so I don't miss a second of it, the story-line is amazing and intriguing, and everything happens as you want but just not quite as and when you want them too, with an awesome twist in the tail near the end, loved it definitely another must read by any lover of a good story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brock Deskins

    The writing was excellent, very professional. The problem is that the story never materialized. At 30% and nothing, and I mean nothing, happening, I gave up on the book. I don't want to hear teenager conversations about boys, school, and summer vacations for a third of a book. I need a hook, and this one did not have it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Hillman

    A very enjoyable read A very different take on mermaids. This story tells of the coming of age of a young mermaid fraught with all the teenage difficulties of growing up and accepting who you truly are. An enjoyable read that also includes nautical history.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Davinia

    L.O.V.E! I absolutely loved this book! And I hope to someday read more about Targa. Best mermaid book I've read in a long while.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Wow I am eager to read the rest of the series , the author has captured my imagination and love of all things ocean related.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Hampton

    Loved this book! Good characters and interesting storyline. Where do they go from here? I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    Spoiler alert!!! Born of Water by A.L. Knorr was one of the most enjoyable books that I've read in a long time. It was a really sweet and fast read. The story is about Targa, a normal teenager but with a not so normal mother, she is a siren! All her life Targa thought that she is a normal human and that she didn't have the abylities of her mother but one trip can change everything. We have three main characters in this book witch are Targa, Mira( Targas mother) and my little Antoni

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becket Warren

    Born (again) of Water This novel, narrated by its teenage protagonist, Targa, builds from a story of self-discovery to a myth come to life. Targa is the daughter of a siren, a mermaid who works as a salvage company diver, hiding in plain sight. I appreciate the skillful way the author allows the reader to tag along as Targa grows into a more adult self-awareness; we see the realization dawn on Targa that her mother’s life is less than ideal, bordering on painfully unfulfilling. Targa comes to the Born (again) of Water This novel, narrated by its teenage protagonist, Targa, builds from a story of self-discovery to a myth come to life. Targa is the daughter of a siren, a mermaid who works as a salvage company diver, hiding in plain sight. I appreciate the skillful way the author allows the reader to tag along as Targa grows into a more adult self-awareness; we see the realization dawn on Targa that her mother’s life is less than ideal, bordering on painfully unfulfilling. Targa comes to the understanding that her mother has given up her greatest passion, the sea, in order to care for her daughter. Targa knows this in an objective, surface way of understanding, but she has no real inkling of what her mom’s sacrifices meant at the beginning of the narrative. As Targa begins to see her mother in a more evolved way, she is also evolving herself in a very concrete manner: she gets to travel alongside her mom and her mom’s coworkers on a lucrative summertime salvage trip to Poland. While swimming in the Baltic Sea, she finds her circumstances suddenly and irrevocably changed: although she and her mom thought she’d somehow failed to inherit the mermaid gene, a dangerous situation fraught with peril jumpstarts Targa’s mer-metabolism and she grows gills and a silvery fish tail! Targa’s summer is an awakening, and she feels everything deeply: risk of discovery coupled with new and confusing romantic (sexual) yearnings for Antoni, the young administrative assistant of the man who hired the salvage team to come to Poland. Just as her mother feels that her job raising Targa is over and she can now finally return to the ocean she craves, Targa needs her guidance more than ever. For her, the opposing pulls of free, powerful life underwater versus life on w opposhore, at home in Eastern Canada, enjoying the close friendships with three schoolmates as they prepare to begin their senior year of high school, are complicated and complex. Add to this a sudden unlooked-for inheritance, presented in person by someone Targa was having no luck forgetting, and it looks like Targa’s story is just getting started as this novel closes! I am eager to see where this author takes her Elemental series. !

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suleika Santana -All About Books

    4 1/2 stars I'm taking half a star away because there were a few things that bothered me a bit but nothing major to take away from the actual story so all in all it was a great book but I didn't think it was as awesome as books 2 & 3. I loved both book 2 and 3 which I read before this one, oops. I started with book 3 then read book 2 then book 1 but because they are connected in a way I was not lost and I loved the fact that they are all friends and the stories are happening at the same time dur 4 1/2 stars I'm taking half a star away because there were a few things that bothered me a bit but nothing major to take away from the actual story so all in all it was a great book but I didn't think it was as awesome as books 2 & 3. I loved both book 2 and 3 which I read before this one, oops. I started with book 3 then read book 2 then book 1 but because they are connected in a way I was not lost and I loved the fact that they are all friends and the stories are happening at the same time during their summer vacations so you could really read them out of order and I think that it will be ok. My absolute fave part about this book was the love interest Antoni, even tho some people might think inappropriate because of their age difference (he is an adult and she is still in High school) I didn't think it was wrong because she is very mature and not even human so... (SPOILER ALERT) Also the author didn't actually leave us hanging like with the other 2 books when it came to the boys, in this one we can see there is a future for them and with the other books the love interest wasn't really important in the end, it was just there but not like a big thing. I don't know how to explain it, it just wasn't like they had a HEA at the end but I still loved both books. Anyway this was a great book and would recommend for sure!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Targa is a Canadian teenage girl with a secret: her mother is a siren. Her mother (Mira) turns into a mermaid when in the ocean. While normally, the siren gene is shared with a female child, Targa cannot morph into a mermaid despite years of trying. So her mother had stayed on land with her, especially since the death of her father over 7 years ago. Targa knows her mother will have to one day leave her, but she's not ready for it. The summer comes and her mother's employer (a salvage dive compan Targa is a Canadian teenage girl with a secret: her mother is a siren. Her mother (Mira) turns into a mermaid when in the ocean. While normally, the siren gene is shared with a female child, Targa cannot morph into a mermaid despite years of trying. So her mother had stayed on land with her, especially since the death of her father over 7 years ago. Targa knows her mother will have to one day leave her, but she's not ready for it. The summer comes and her mother's employer (a salvage dive company) was given a great opportunity to salvage The Sybellen - a ship that was lost at sea in the 1800's and holds special importance to the Novak family. Mira only agrees to do the dice if she can bring her daughter, and everyone agrees. A summer in Poland - Targa is thrilled. Soon enough, Targa is in the water enjoying the Baltic Sea when tragedy strikes. But she is reborn as a mermaid/siren and things get interesting. Spending her whole life as a human teenager, she had a lot of catching up to do in learning about her new powers. Throw in a potential love story, a mystery about the origins and disappearance of the original Sybellen, and a huge windfall, and it's a lot for any person to handle let alone a new siren. Overall an ok story ... with definite potential.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Myra

    Wow! A REAL mermaid book! Most mermaid stories are 'oh it's so nice to be a mermaid' and they are actually teen dramas disguised as mermaid books. What I loved about Born of Water was that the mermaids were like real people... who were mermaids, not human. The way they think about the world is different, they have different preferences and concerns. These mermaids can attune to their human side the more fresh water they flush themselves with, and the more salt water they come in contact with the Wow! A REAL mermaid book! Most mermaid stories are 'oh it's so nice to be a mermaid' and they are actually teen dramas disguised as mermaid books. What I loved about Born of Water was that the mermaids were like real people... who were mermaids, not human. The way they think about the world is different, they have different preferences and concerns. These mermaids can attune to their human side the more fresh water they flush themselves with, and the more salt water they come in contact with the more 'mermaid' (primal) they get. I felt like the author actually thought all these things through and had a plausible background for how mermaids function in human society and how they live in the ocean. On top of that, there's actual plot. There's romance, of course. And family drama. But there is depth in addition to these elements. I would have preferred a more conclusive ending, I feel like the book stood really well on its own, but I am willing to give the sequels a go. They all take place in different countries so that should be fun at least. I enjoyed the bit of Polish language and tidbits in Born of Water, although I am not familiar with any of it so I can't speak to the accuracy. We'll see once we get to the other books!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    DNF, only made it to page 42 before giving up. I need a book to grab my attention just a little bit before page 42. By this point, I was already looking for other things to do, even laundry, or just going to bed early. The plot starts off so slowly, it lost my interest before it even had it. The story was just too boring. I was not impressed with 17 year old girls talking about what they will do over the summer or the state of their home lives. So much writing is invested into each of the main ch DNF, only made it to page 42 before giving up. I need a book to grab my attention just a little bit before page 42. By this point, I was already looking for other things to do, even laundry, or just going to bed early. The plot starts off so slowly, it lost my interest before it even had it. The story was just too boring. I was not impressed with 17 year old girls talking about what they will do over the summer or the state of their home lives. So much writing is invested into each of the main character's friends, more so than of the main character, Targa by page 42. Targa was boring, nothing stood out to make me like her or be intrigued by the story. There are hints that her mother is something other than human, maybe a mermaid/siren because of her job with salvage diving, but it doesn't actually come out with it until around page 40, & at that point, it's stressed that Targa cant change to a mermaid either. So, I'm reading about normal high school girls, that one so happens to have a mermaid for a mother & that mother is struggling to just stay on land for her human daughter's sake. Bleh. I would not want to invests more time into the whole series.

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